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  • Written by Gordon Rottman
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SNAFU Situation Normal All F***ed Up

Sailor, Airman and Soldier Slang of World War II

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A follow-up to 2007's highly successful FUBAR: Soldier Slang of World War II, SNAFU covers the slang of sailors and airmen, as well as soldiers.

Military life has always been ruled by its own language, specific sets of terms and phrases that separate the serving man or woman from their civilian counterpart. There is the official version of ranks and acronyms, and the more unofficial, colloquial language of the barrack room and battlefield - both are covered in this humourous look at soldier slang.

World War II saw vast numbers of young men and women pass through the ranks of the various armies involved, and they inherited and developed a vocabulary in response to their unique situations - many of whose words and phrases have passed into the common vernacular and are still in use right up to the present day. SNAFU explores the language and slang of the major combatant powers, delving into their origins and explaining their uses, all illustrated with contemporary cartoons and other images showing the phrases in use. Detailed sections are included for each of the major combatants of World War II, and additional appendices detail the nicknames given to the major surface vessels and aircraft types of the war.


"This book documents the origins of acronyms, expressions and phrases that formed the unofficial, colloquial language of barracks and battlefields before making their way into boardrooms and bedrooms. To parrot just a few of the words from this book, if you want to put a smile on your face while learning something about military history and the evolution of language, don't be a 'meathead.' Just 'get on the ball' and buy a copy of this book." --Toy Soldier & Model magazine

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